Ishita Chatterjee

Dr, BSc Calcutta, MA J.Nehru U., MPhil I.Gandhi IDR, PhD Monash

  • The University of Western Australia (M251), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Ishita Chatterjee joined the Economics Program at the UWA Business School in 2010 after completing her PhD from Monash University. She is an applied microeconomist with interest in industrial organisation, institutional economics, demographic and development economics. Her current research focuses on human capital development and wellbeing of women and children.

PhD (Economics), Monash University, 2010
MPhil (Economics), Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, 2004
MA (Economics), Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2001
BSc (Economics), Presidency College, Calcutta University, 1999

Roles and responsibilities

Ishita is a committee member of the WA branch of the Economic Society of Australia, Nov 2011- March 2015, March 2017-present.

She is an Honorary Fellow at the AustraliaIndia Institute at UWA.

Ishita is involved with the Moderation of Examinations and Marking for Economics units for the University of Western Australia Foundation Program offered by the Taylor’s College, Perth, WA, Jun 2010 onwards.

She has reviewed for several undergraduate economics textbooks and regularly acts as reviewer for international journals.

She served on the UWA Business School Research Committee 2014-2018.


Applied Microeconomics
Industrial Organisation
Development Economics

Current projects

“R&D Competition and Piracy”, with Dyuti S Banerjee, Monash University, Australia.

"Investment in Public Schools and the Political Process in India", with Marie-Claire Robitaille, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA.

“Power of Contraception in Australia”, with Randall Cragun, Department of Economics and Finance, Niagara University, New York, USA.

“The Effect of Ambient Air Pollution on Altruistic Behaviour: Field Experiment Evidence from China and India”, with Simon Chang, UWA, and Yu Li, China Center for Human Capital and Labor Market Research, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, CHINA.

"Sales Orientation and Wage-Employment Contracts"

"Regulating Digital Commercial Piracy"

“Informal Sector in India – A Study of Labour Market Corruption" with Ranjan Ray, Monash University, Australia and Seema Sangita, TERI University, New Delhi, India.

Funding overview

2017 UWA Business School & BHP Billiton Distinguished Research Awards
2017 UWA Summer School Unit Scholarship
2014 UWA Business School Research Development Award, UWA
2013 Improving Student Learning Grant (ISL), CATL, UWA
2011 UWA Business School Research Development Award, UWA

Teaching overview


ECON5541 Economics for Business, Applications and Policy, 2011-2017.

ECON5540 Economic Analysis and Policy, 2018 -->


ECON3235 International Trade, 2021-->

ECON2233 Microeconomics, Policy and Applications, 2012 -2021.

ECON1102 Macroeconomics, Money and Finance, 2011-2014, S1 2017

Honours and Masters Supervision at UWA

Completed (Honours) -

A Talero Solorza (2020); A Thompson, S Reed and K Jeffery (2018); V K R Busireddy (2017); M Nelmes (2016); B Mifflin, A Phillimore and B Ong (2015); J Lim and L Tait (2014); C Buckley (2011).

Completed (Masters) -

J Fan (2017), A H Pathiranage and C S K Koralalage (2016); Z Khan (2015).


English (Fluent), Bengali (Native), Hindi (Spoken)

Previous positions

Tutor, Monash Uni, VIC, Australia,2007-2009
Research Assistant, Monash Uni, VIC, Australia, 2006-2010
Data Analyst, Evalueserve Private Limited, India, 2005-2006

Research expertise keywords

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Development Economics
  • Crime And Corruption
  • Family And Institutional Economics
  • Applied microeconomics
  • Wellbeing
  • Industrial organisation
  • Institutions
  • Development economics
  • Human Capital
  • Gender
  • Education and development


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